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If LTGEP is implemented, part of Sri Lanka will be a desert

June 2 (FT) If SL implements the LTGEP, part of SL will be a desert by 2040: 100% guaranteed. This is not vicious imagination, but the obvious conclusion if the following 10 scientific statements are true. (a) In 2037, 23000GWhrs of electricity will be generated from coal. (b) So, the additional CO2 emission from coal power will vary between 5049 kt in 2018 and 19249 kt in 2037. (c) With a land area of 65,000km2, this corresponds to a increase of 250ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. more..

Editorial: Monks as curry leaves

Jun 2 (Island) How would Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera react to the current state of affairs under the yahapalana govt, which he helped form, if he were alive today? This is the question one must have asked oneself, on listening to President Maithripala Sirisena’s diatribe against the UNP, at a ceremony to mark the 76th birth anniversary of Sobitha Thera the other day. Sobitha Thera was utterly disappointed with the govt at the time of his untimely demise. more..

A few of Sri Lanka’s famed gemstones

Jun 2 (Roar) For centuries, Sri Lanka has been famed for its high-quality gemstones, which are reputed to be some of the best in the world. In fact, there are records which show that merchants travelled from far and wide to trade goods for Sri Lankan jewels. Even in the present day and age, the island lives up to its reputation and exports various gems to different countries like Thailand, China, USA and Germany. more..

True story of 1968 England tour

Jun 2 (Island) My attention has been drawn to an interview given by Dhanasiri Weerasinghe recently in the media, in regard to the aborted English tour in 1968. Since my name has been mentioned in a not too complimentary manner, I thought I would state the true story in order to set the record straight. Some time around 1964 or 65, a new set of selectors were appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in SL. They were D.D. Jayasinghe (Chair), Bobby Schoorman, K.M.T. Perera & myself. more..

Eulogy for Dr Lester James Peries

Jun 2 (Island) On April 29, 2018, Dr Lester James Peries, greatest film-maker on earth at that time, was going on his 100th year. Then he radically changed course and embarked upon the journey to the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns as Shakespeare’s soliloquizing Hamlet memorably put it. We are assembled this evening in this church where Lester regularly worshipped, to pay homage to the memory of the great man whose cinematic art helped to more..

Perpetuity of the forgetfully crooked

Jun 2 (Island) Are we now in a world where forgetfulness is the in thing, especially in politics and governance? The Freedom of Forgetfulness came to light some months ago at the unravelling of the Perpetual Scandal on the CB Bond Scams, when no less that a former Minister Ravi Karunanayake – admitted he could not remember getting paid millions for a Penthouse rent – from whom and how. more..

Dananjaya has CWI President’s XI in a spin

Jun 2 (DN) SL spinner Akila Dananjaya had CWI President’s XI in a spin when he capture three of the seven wickets to fall in their first innings on the second day of the 3-day practice match played at Brian Lara cricket ground here on Thursday. Dananjaya’s figures of 3 for 43 off 17 overs left CWI President’s XI trailing by 205 runs as they ended the second day on 223-7 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings of 428. The home side was given a solid start by John Campbell and more..

Sub agents and migrants: Dissecting their relationship to guide regulation

Jun 2 (IPS) Geetha is an unskilled and uneducated female from rural Sri Lanka. As she was saddled with financial issues and could not find a suitable job in Sri Lanka, she decided to seek employment in Saudi Arabia as a Female Domestic Worker (FDW). However, Geetha was clueless about how to proceed, and thankfully Somadasa – a Sub Agent from her village, helped her through the entire process. Now Geetha has a job (for which she did not have to pay any recruitment fees) more..

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Sri Lanka Super Sevens scrapped

Jun 2 (Island) The franchise-based Sri Lanka Super Sevens Rugby Tournament has been scrapped by Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) due to financial constraints and will focus only on the Club Sevens. SL Super Sevens series was a massive success where the best of local talent went head to head with some excellent overseas players. From 2011 to 2014, the Carlton Super Series was organised and then in 2016 was remodeled and re-branded as SL Super Sevens Series with 8 teams competing more..

Kleptocrats, from all sides, ruining Sri Lanka

Jun 2 (ST) The Sunday Times in a front-page story on May 6 headlined Kantale Sugar Factory Bribery scam: Top officials’ deals exposed, reported on the alleged corruption of two top public officials – President’s Chief of Staff and a Corporation Chairman cum ex-Presidential high official. A similar event was reported in the Sunday Times in September 2017 on a corrupt deal by officials’. It is sad to note that the offenders are top Civil Service officials who abused more..

Low per capita milk consumption leading to serious health issues among Sri Lankans

Jun 2 (Island) Consultant, Medical Nutritionist, Medical Research Institute Dr. Renuka Jayatissa addressing a forum recently said the serious repercussions of low local milk consumption, compounded by low production resulting in insufficient quantum to meet demand, resulted in alarming health issues. Malnutrition, in pregnant women, as a result of not consuming sufficient milk during pregnancy was the primary cause of stunting. more..

Not just about books- it all happens at the new British Council Colombo Library

Jun 2 (Island) For years, the British Council Colombo Library has challenged the traditional perception of a library. While being home to the best selection of books and learning resources in Colombo the venue is also well known as a gathering space for artists, thinkers and thought leaders. On June 3 the British Council Library will reopen as a space that embodies this role it plays as both a repository of knowledge and convener of people and ideas. more..

SC overrules preliminary objections; fixed for hearing on 12 June

Jun 2 (FT) Supreme Court yesterday overruled the preliminary objections raised by the Counsels for the Counsels Bribery Commission on the maintainability of the Writ petition filed by Justice Nawaz and fixed the hearing for 12 June. The Bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, and Justices Vijith Malalgoda and Lalith Dehideniya. The Writ petition was filed against the decision of the Bribery Commission to institute proceedings. M.A. Sumanthiran PC and Viran Corea appearing for more..

Govt to write-off microfinance loans of drought-affected farmers

Jun 2 (FT) Govt has made a decision to write off microfinance debt in regions affected by drought last year in an effort to provide relief to thousands of farmers struggling after poor harvests. Speaking at a Samurdhi Bank event, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that that large numbers of people were indebted after being duped into taking loans from microfinance companies. “Even though poverty is at 1.9% in urban areas, more..

CICT salvages storm-ravaged MV Theseus

Jun 2 (Island) A container carrier that sustained damage in tropical storm Sagar in the Gulf of Aden, nearly 2,000 nautical miles from SL, has been turned around in just 36 hours by Colombo Int'l Container Terminals (CICT) when it arrived in the Port of Colombo. The 369-metre, 14,424 TEU MV Theseus, operated under Ocean Alliance’s Asia-Mediterranean service by Evergreen Line, was en-route to Colombo on its weekly scheduled call after Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when the storm hit. more..

SL steps up China tourism promotion efforts

Jun 2 (EN) Minister John Amaratunga has held talks with Chinese tourism and airline officials to encourage more visitors to Sri Lanka from China. The talks were held during a visit to promote the island at the Shanghai World Travel Fair held at Shanghai Exhibition Centre in China. A series of promotional events and meetings were conducted across major cities in China during the course of the past week, a statement said. Amaratunga led the promotional drive that covered more..

Attempt to destroy evidence being probed

Jun 2 (CT) Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara yesterday, told Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohammad Mihal that since the CID had received information that an organized group had attempted to either misdirect investigations or destroy evidence connected to the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, the inquiries were being carried out with that in mind. Two suspects who are currently in remand more..

Aeronautical officers seek Prez’s intervention

Jun 2 (CT) The Aeronautical Information Service Officers Association of Sri Lanka (AISOASL) in a letter to the President says that despite vital issues that affect the employees being brought to the attention of its management, due consideration had not been given to such issues. The AISOASL has stated that they provide valuable details related to aeronautical information but that the management had preferred to ignore issues that affect its employees. more..

LSPWU demands to bring back Lanka Sugar under Commerce Ministry

Jun 2 (DM) Workers of State-owned Lanka Sugar (Private) Limited flocked to President’s office on 31 on Thursday complaining that after the operation has been swapped to a different Ministry from its parent, it now risks falling back to a loss-making venture that it used to be. “Under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, Lanka Sugar turned around with Rs. 1 billion profits in less than a year,” noted Chairman of Lanka Sugar Progressive Workers Union (LSPWU) Lalith Sripal. more..

Malik, Wimal, Keerthi demand release of PTL payment list

Jun 2 (Island) Minister Malik Samarawickrema has urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to release a list containing names of 118 recipients of funds from tainted primary dealer Perpetual Treasuries (PTL) or companies affiliated with it, if such a list existed. In a letter dated June 1, 2018 addressed to Jayasuriya, the former UNP Chairman explained that how he, too, was being vilified in the social media as one of the beneficiaries. more..

Beware of Leptospirosis: Epidemiologist

Jun 2 (DM) Health Education and Promotion Director, Epidemiologist Paba Palihawadana warned the public living in flood-affected areas to be vigilant of Leptospirosis that could possibly spread after floods recede. She instructed the people to receive doxycycline-- leptospirosis disease preventing treatment from the nearest Medical Officer of Health (MOH) office or the Public Health Inspector (PHI) free of charge before engaging in farming activities or where water exists. more..

Man killed and body placed on rail track

Jun 2 (Island) Police have initiated an inquiry after the recovery of a body yesterday on the railway track a little distance away from the Ambepussa railway station. Services on the Rambukkana line were disrupted for about two and half hours. The victim had been killed and the body placed on the track off Ambepussa railway station. Driver of Moratuwa bound train from Rambukkana had seen a person across the railway track and managed to stop the engine before it went over it. more..

PM downplays disagreements within govt

Jun 2 (FT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe downplayed any disagreement within the coalition Govt, insisting that his focus remained on developing the country. Wickremesinghe, speaking at an event to handover appointment letters to 1650 Grama Niladaris, highlighted the efforts of the Govt to improve economic growth and insisted that in politics, disagreements are normal but that he and his party would not be distracted by them. more..

Dr. Lester’s Peacock medal returned to wife

Jun 2 (DN) Golden Peacock honorary medal belonging to the late Dr. Lester James Peries, which was stolen from his home during his funeral and later recovered by the police, was returned to his wife Sumithra Peiris by the Police yesterday. The medal was officially handed over to Sumithra Peries at their residence on Lester James Peries Mawatha, Colombo 5 last morning. Medal was awarded to Dr. Lester James Peries along with the Golden Peacock Award in 1965 for his movie Gamperaliya. more..

'Improved human resources crucial in Govt’s economic vision'

Jun 2 (DN) Skillful and improved human resources are crucial in Govt’s economic vision but Sri Lanka is facing a supply crunch in such skilled personnel. “Reports show that low number of students are entering into our higher education system”, said Minister Rishad Bathiudeen on May 30, addressing a graduation ceremony of a private education institution called Amazon College at BMICH. Minister Bathiudeen stressed that more skilled personnel are essential to move forward more..

Parliament Mafia: Release the swindlers' list: Karu asks Austin

Jun 2 (DM) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has written to Secretary to Prez Austin Fernando to send him the list of names mentioned in the PCoI Report as those who had allegedly received financial gratuities from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. boss Arjun Aloysius. Mr Jayasuriya has made the request several times to Mr Fernando but there has been no positive response up to now. An official of the Speaker’s Office said that a third request more..

Important not to dilute hard-won RTI victories

Jun 2 (DM) Some weeks ago, a group of Mannar based activists petitioned the Right to Information (RTI) Commission asking for details of the government’s transitional justice package of reforms following promises made to the Geneva based Human Rights Council when this government came into power. Following the hearing of the appeal, the Prime Minister’s Office released the proposed Reparations Bill to the RTI Commission. That was how the Bill came to be in the public domain. more..

Vigge’s de-legitimization of remembrance

Jun 2 (DM) A decision by a local bank to suspend two of its employees for commemorating the war dead of the final phase of the Eelam war has now caused a fresh wave of controversy. The disciplinary action was purportedly taken after Sinhala nationalist social media highlighted the incident. The bank said in a media statement, “HNB takes very seriously any sentiment or act that is in violation of, or poses a threat to the morale of citizens of SL. As a Bank that stands for all Sri Lankans, more..

They need to be handled not systematically but immediately

Jun 2 (DM) In the Third World people go into govt to enrich themselves. When patriotism and service have been sacrificed for bottomless appetite for personal avarice and indulgences, loyalty within the power bubble counts immeasurably. The Rajapaksa govt managed to elevate that loyalty to a new level; a level that was beyond the average wage earner and self-employed vendor, the gram seller or coconut plucker. more..

1/3rd of Sri Lanka’s population affected by disasters in 2017; Govt spent Rs 5.5b

Jun 2 (ST) Nearly 1.5 million families or, about a third of the country’s population, were affected by natural and man-made disasters in 2017, majority were victims of drought, landslides and floods. The largest number of people, close to 4 million persons in 24 districts, were affected by the drought in most parts of the country last year. In 2017, Govt released Rs 5,515.04 million to District Secretariats for provision of drinking water more..

Kelaniya residents call for permanent solution

Jun 2 (ST) Angered and frustrated by repeated ejection from their homes, the disruption to their lives and personal property damage due to annual flooding in May, residents who live on the Kelaniya river banks say the government should seek permanent solutions to this devastation. For three days now, the residents of Biyagama and Kaduwela have sought refuge in schools and temples as usual, abandoning their homes. more..

Illegal migrant remanded, sons sent to child welfare center

Jun 2 (Island) Maria Malini Dias, 26, arrested on Wednesday (30) afternoon soon after reaching Sri Lanka, illegally, and produced before Mannar Magistrate Alex Raja on the following day, has been remanded till June 8 pending investigations. On the instructions of the Magistrate, Malini’s little sons have been handed over to govt-run child welfare home at Thiruketheeswaram. Three other young men arrested along with more..

Death of sloth bear: Who is to blame?

Jun 2 (CT) Environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts are blaming senior wildlife officers for the death of a sloth bear last week. A sloth bear that escaped from the Wildlife Training Centre in Giritale was shot dead by wildlife officers, after the animal attacked a fisherman on the Bakamuna Road in Giritale on 24 May at around 5 a.m. A veterinary surgeon, a wildlife ranger, and two field assistants who went to sedate and more..

Banks’ bad loans grew 13%

Jun 2 (CT) Banks’ bad loans (Non-Performing Loans {NPLs}) rose by 13% last year (2017), reversing from back-to-back contractions in the last three years, and continued to rise in the first quarter (1Q) of this year (2018). Some recoveries and/or write-offs in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17) helped the year-end sector NPL ratio improve marginally to 2.5% before ticking up to 3% at end 1Q18, it said. ‘We expect the NPLs to rise this year on more..

RTIC criticizes Audit Bill

Jun 2 (CT) The Right to Information Commission (RTIC) expressed concern regarding Clause 9(1)(b) of the proposed Audit Bill, which stipulates that Members of the Audit Service Commission, any person appointed to any office under the Audit Act, any other person assisting any such person for the purpose of carrying out the provisions under this Act or a qualified auditor engaged by the Auditor General, shall not more..

UNP will respond to Prez next week: Harin

Jun 2 (DM) The UNP would reveal the truth and would respond to the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the Hundred-Day Programme from next week, its newly appointed Spokesman Harin Fernando said. “We will speak about the programme and other things from next Monday when we launch out Sathya (Truth) Campaign", Minister Fernando said in response to a question raised by journalists as to how more..

Flight times changed on Sunday due to launch of experimental flight

Jun 2 (DM) SriLankan Airlines advised its passengers that the departure and arrival timings of several flights at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) tomorrow (3) have been changed due to the launch of an experimental flight over the Indian Ocean by a country in the region on this day. The airlines said that it regrets any inconvenience caused to our valued customers, due to a factor that is beyond the airline’s control. more..

IMF approves US$252mn in Sri Lanka program, backs fiscal rules

Jun 2 (EN) The IMF has approved the disbursement of a US$ 252 million tranche under its program and asked for continued reforms to boost growth as the country recovers from a balance of payments crisis. The IMF said Sri Lanka was making gains in improving state finances and monetary policy, and structural reforms would boost growth. "Sustaining the reform momentum is critical to strengthen country’s resilience to shocks, more..