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India to name ISI mole in Pakistani mission in Colombo

July 28 (Island) India will soon inform Sri Lanka about an official working in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, who was playing a key role in planning terror strikes on the US consulate in Chennai and the Israeli consulates Bangalore at the behest of the Inter Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s external spying outfit. The information will be shared with SL authorities by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) more..

Journalists covering case thrown out of Court

July 28 (CT) Journalists covering the rape case, of two pre-teenage school girls, allegedly by Navy personnel, were thrown out of the Jaffna Courthouse by a group of persons in civilian clothing. The journalists' cameras and mobile phones were seized and all media persons were warned not to publish any news on the ongoing proceedings. The two schoolgirl victims aged 11 and nine are from Karainagar, Jaffna. Meanwhile, large-scale demonstrations, prevailed, more..

Female gambling den busted: 5 arrested

July 28 (Island) The Western Province anti-crime division busted a gambling den near a public well at the T20 watte in Borella and nabbed five women engaged in throwing the dice for money on Saturday (26). A large number of women were gambling when the policemen raided the spot, but most of them managed to escape, while the policemen who chased after them could capture only five of them, police said. The police took into custody Rs 1,700 from the scene. more..

Ridiculous, says Bar

July 28 (DM) The IGP has sought the approval of Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order regarding a request made by president of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya urging the IGP to ensure his personal security by providing personnel security travelling with him following the incident where Mr. Jayasuriya had been followed by two unidentified motorcyclists on July 15. more..

GMOA majority wants the heads of rebels for stepping out of line

July 28 (Island) The Provincial Co-ordinators, Conveners and Media Sub-Committee members of the GMOA demanded that seven suspended GMOA members to be expelled before they cause further damage to the union. Around 18,000 medical officers attached to the GMOA Branch unions in all the provinces such as North Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Northern, Western, Southern and Northwestern provinces had decided to launch agitation campaigns against more..

Most hospitals in SP experiencing shortage of staff – DGHS

July 28 (Island) Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala said that he would take immediate action to fill vacancies in the govt hospitals in the Southern Province where a chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and medical personnel prevailed. There was a shortage of medical lab technologists radiographers, doctors and nurses at most of the hospitals in the Southern province. The directors of such hospitals had been instructed to submit reports on staff requirements more..

'Opposition unable to defeat MR calling for abolition of Presidency'

July 28 (Island) Minister Susil Premjayantha, said that a project undertaken by Opposition political parties and other groups to pressure President Rajapaksa to do away with the executive presidency was a sure sign of their fear of facing the incumbent president at the next presidential election. He said that the abolition of the executive presidency wouldn’t have been an issue if the UNP believed it had the slightest chance more..

Lankan refugee trafficking exposes chinks in security

July 28 (TOI) The recent arrest of two boat owners from Puducherry for trafficking Sri Lankan refugees to Australia through the sea route has exposed big gaps in coastal security, according to intelligence agencies. The Puducherry police arrested the two men based on a tip-off by the Australian govt after interviewing the refugees. That none of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies had specific information on the boat owners and the journey has left intelligence officials worried, more..

Noritake opens new flagship store in Colombo

July 28 (LBT) The first ever of its kind, Noritake’s state-of -the -art mega flagship store, was opened recently in one of Colombo's most exclusive shopping precincts at Dharmapala Mawatha. Systematically brought together to create the ultimate expression of Noritake, the flagship store presents the brand's entire product range on three stories of this iconic structure. All Noritake products here have one thing in common: they all reflect the company's philosophy more..

Minister Champika Ranawaka blasts Sri Lanka’s Lamborghini economy

July 28 (ST) Sri Lanka currently implements an economic system showing Lamborghinis to people surrounded by poverty, said the Minister Champika Ranawaka at the Sri Lanka Science Foundation in Colombo this week. The country cannot escape from the middle income status trap by promoting the service economy based on entertainment, he told a gathering of scholars, scientists and business leaders. more..

Asia’s full veto

July 28 (DN) The confidence placed in the Sri Lankan govt by the entire Asian region today is such that no Asian country is likely to permit members of the panel going through the motions of an investigation against Sri Lanka to enter their territory for this purpose, Minister G.L. Peiris said. “Does anyone believe that this is a result arrived at by chance or accident,” he asked during a meting in the Kurunegale district over the week-end. “On the contrary, this is directly due to govt’s success more..

Hambantota in the grip of severe drought

July 28 (DN) The Hambantota district is in the grip of severe drought. The water level of Muruthawela reservoir has dropped to a minimum. The source of water for residents of Walasmulla and Weeraketiya DS areas is the Muruthawela reservoir as such the water supply to residents have been restricted to 10 hours a day. The water level of Muruthawela reservoir has dropped to 2,000 acre feet, Regional Engineer Tangalle National Water Supply and Drainage Board J. C. Jayasuriya more..

'Only fresh meeting between TN-SL fishermen will solve problems'

July 28 (PTI) Only a fresh meeting between fishermen of TN and Sri Lanka will solve the problems of the fishing community of the state, TNCC president B S Gnanadesikan said. He suggested that TN govt arrange for talks between fishermen of both nations with the help of the Centre. Centre should also pressurise the island nation to ensure that attacks did not recur Officials of the state should also ensure that fishermen do not use high power engines more..

Fitch Ratings on nine Sri Lanka banks affirm Stable Outlook

July 28 (Island) Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings on nine of Sri Lanka's banks, all with Stable Outlooks. The Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) on National Savings Bank and Bank of Ceylon (BOC) have been affirmed at 'BB-' and their National Long-Term Ratings have been affirmed at 'AAA(lka)' and 'AA+(lka)', respectively. Fitch has also affirmed the National Long-Term Rating of People's Bank at 'AA+(lka)'. At the same time, Fitch has affirmed the more..

Fears of El Nino hitting agriculture, Sri Lankan communities this year

July 28 (ST) An ongoing drought in several dry zone districts in Sri Lanka and predictions of an El Nino year paint a grim scenario for an island that has had continuous issues of flooding, drought and landslides in the past five years, a UN official said. Razina Bilgrami, Resident Representative, UNDP Colombo, speaking at the launch in Colombo of a project titled “Strengthening the resilience of post conflict recovery and development to climate change risks in Sri Lanka”, more..

Snail mail to be doubly expensive from August

July 28 (Island) Postal Department has decided to increase postal charges with effect from August 1. It raised, on its own, more than Rs. 2 billion of its expenditure last year. However, Philatelic Bureau Advisory Board Member Anura Samaraweera said that the Department had been compelled to double the minimum charge of 5 rupees to 10 rupees. Department had to make sure that letters were delivered within a single day more..

TNA will consider if invited

July 28 (SL) The TNA says it will consider meeting with the three international experts appointed to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons during their expected visit to Sri Lanka, if the Govt makes arrangements for such a meeting. General Secretary, TNA, Mavai Senathirajah said that the TNA has doubts about the whole procedure of the Missing Persons Commission but would yet consider meeting the international experts if an invitation is put forward to the TNA. more..

At least four suicides in one month

July 28 (SL) It was reported in the north that at least four suicides had been committed by hanging over the past one month. The latest was that of a young university student who had committed suicide after leaving a message on his Facebook page. The body of Nakarasa Suthakaran was found hanging at his house in Nelliady, Jaffna last week. A first year student of the Jaffna University, Suthakaran had posted a message on Facebook indicating he was troubled over a personal issue. more..

Sri Lanka to host Global Rubber Conference in October

July 28 (FT) The rubber industry is gearing up to come under fresh spotlight this October with Sri Lanka selected to host the Global Rubber Conference (GRC) 2014. Recognised to be one of world’s leading conferences on natural rubber, 3-day international event will take place from 27 to 30 October. Last year the event was hosted in Palembang, Indonesia. Themed ‘Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Future’, high calibre forum more..

Combank chairman Dinesh Weerakkody steps down today

July 28 (ST) Dinesh Weerakkody, Chairman of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, steps down tomorrow in line with the Banking Act after completing nine years with the top bank, the maximum one can serve on a bank board. Mr. Weerakkody joined Commercial Bank of Ceylon as a DFCC Bank nominee in July 2005 and became an Independent Director in 2009, when DFCC Bank reduced their share holding to below 15% to be compliant with the new banking regulations. more..

Korean businessmen help visually impaired children

July 28 (Island) The 23rd annual handing over Ceremony of Educational Equipment to visually impaired students in Sri Lanka, organized by the Sri Lanka Council for the Blind (SLCB), with the financial sponsorship of the Korean Businessmen's Association (KBA) was held on 25 July 2014. at the YWCA Auditorium, No. 07, Rotunda Gardens, Colombo 03. The KBA is collaborating with the SLCB for the 18th consecutive year to sponsor this worthy project through which educational more..

DCD in Poson dansala ice cream: Too many holes in

July 28 (NS) Procedure adopted by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) to test ice cream for Dicyandiamide (DCD) has far too many ‘loose ends’ to be effective, Public Health Inspectors’ (PHI) Union claimed. Union President said while there was no question the ITI had experts and equipment to test for DCD, procedure they have adopted and lack of coordination with health officials had created confusion. more..

Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, the self-proclaimed Indian emissary

July 28 (CT) The month of July is spiritually a significant month in the Hindu calendar, as the festivals in several Hindu temples take place in July throughout the island. The most significant of all Hindu temple festivals in the island is the 'Vel Cart' Festival in Colombo which is conducted annually by the South Indian origin Tamil Nattukottai Chettiar community who are considered as the pioneers in banking in the island. The Chettiars are the traditional money lenders in South India and more..

South Africa sweat on underperforming Petersen, Tahir

July 28 (CI) Spring cleaning usually includes two stages. First, throw out all the things you absolutely cannot hang on to, like clothes that no longer fit and food that has grown mould. For a South African Test team which had just lost Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis those discardables were abstract concepts like insecurity and doubt. They got rid of them as they showed with their victory in Galle. Then look at everything else and decide what is nearing the end of its run and is better more..

'Objective is to win at all costs'

July 28 (CI) Sri Lanka have not lost a Test series at home to South Africa since 1993. If they are to protect that record, the final day of the tour has to be about all-out attack, says Kumar Sangakkara. "Our objective is to win at all costs," he said. "Our chances are pretty good. It would have been good if all the overs had been bowled today. I thought with the way that the wicket is, Herath is going to bowl well to the lefties. more..

Editorial: Troubled by saviours

July 28 (Island) Libya continues to hurtle down a spiral of violence apparently with no prospect of recovery. Earlier the Libyans were troubled by one eccentric dictator called Gaddafi and now they have scores of violent militias to contend with. Under Gaddafi, they at least had a robust welfare system though he and his family stashed away billions of petrodollars in offshore accounts. They backed the rebellion against him as they were craving for freedom and democracy, but today more..

Full implementation of 13 - A

July 28 (Island) Island of Monday, 9 June published a Commentary by Mr. Neville Ladduwahetty on India’s call to the SL Govt for ‘Full Implementation’ of the 13th Amendment. This article is in response to that Commentary. Mr. Ladduwahetty (NLH hereinafter) asserts that India was intimately involved in the actual drafting of the 13th Amendment. Had it been the case there would have been similarity in the Lists of devolution and there would have been no Provincial Councils Act. more..

A captain's sacrifice for the SL family

July 28 (CI) "We are like a family" Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews likes to say this when asked about the mood in his camp. Sometimes, you can almost hear the room cringe in unison. The camaraderie in the dressing room is obvious, but you wonder what makes Mathews use the word "family". Do they accidentally use each other's toothbrushes on tour? Does Rangana Herath borrow Mathews' car without permission and more..

Relevance of freedom of association in 1992 and today; Ratawesi Peramuna

July 28 (CT) NGOs, are the popular punching bag of the Govt of Sri Lanka (GOSL), when its actions are challenged by any individual and/or organization. Name-calling, brandishing circulars to warn NGOs and now a draconian law to prevent them from raising public issues has been the modus operandi of the regime to curb and crush dissent. The context of the sudden and heightened attack on NGOs is also relevant. Hostilities between the GOSL and the LTTE have ended in the decisive victory of more..

Reconciliation can best take place on a single track

July 28 (SL) The govt has recently been acting in an openly antagonistic way against civil society organisations. Governmental actions against human rights defenders and civil society groups took a turn for the worse in the run up to the UNHRC resolution on war crimes in Geneva in March. Several human rights defenders were arrested and some of them still continue to languish in prison. One of the most poignant of these accounts of the large scale arrests that took place in March and April of this year more..

‘People will decide’

July 28 (SL) Despite the fact that President Rajapaksa has broadened the scope of the Presidential Commission on missing persons, the TNA shows no faith in the govt that they carry out proper investigations. Referring to previous Udalagama Commission, the TNA pointed out, that it is a glaring example that appointment of international experts would not make any difference if they are not allowed to act independently. more..

View from Ritigala - by mahasona

July 28 (NS) Navi Pillay’s ‘investigation team’ has run into a problem. No one in South Asia is willing to give them visas. Now South Asian countries have fairly relaxed visa policies. There are no cavity searches to talk about. That stuff happens in the ‘civilized’ West. So if Pillay’s buddies are such bad eggs that even countries in South Asia don’t want them around, they must really smell bad! The Chief Justice, in his wisdom and compassion, has appealed to the trustees of Munneswaram more..

SL now faces two international inquiries

July 28 (NS) In a move that caught many by surprise the govt last week announced it was appointing three ‘international experts’ to advise the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. It is a step that calls into question the govt’s long-term stance on the issue. The announcement itself was a low-key affair. It was attributed to an unnamed ‘govt spokesman’ and was not accompanied by the usual fanfare of a media conference. more..

Ramazan: The blessed month of the Quran

July 28 (SO) All praise belongs to Allah, we extol him, seek his help and his forgiveness. Al-Quran! What a profound book this is. The Quran that Allah has gifted to humanity. See how it inspires us. “Read” is the very first word that commanded humanity. It is remarkably significant that the starting point of Islam starts with the word Read! This indicates that striving after knowledge and understanding it in the correct perspective more..

Which Buddha? Whose Buddhism?

July 28 (CT) King Dutugemunu fought his first war en famille, literally. According to Mahawamsa, he waged two succession-wars against his usurping younger brother, Tissa. It was after securing his throne that Dutugemunu began his series of wars against several ‘lesser’ kings and ultimately against King Elara. Again according to Mahawamsa, ‘many thousands’ lives were lost in the two succession wars. Since these were civil conflicts, it is reasonable to assume that more..

Advised at last

July 28 (SL) They accuse President Rajapaksa of trying to checkmate them. The Presidential Proclamation last week appointing a three member Advisory Council certainly had the effect of leaving many in shock. Chaired by Sir Desmond de Silva QC, the Council to the Commission of Inquiry on Missing persons now tasked to investigate alleged war crimes, includes Sir Geoffrey Nice and David M. Crane. Chairman said that he will look to ensure the investigation is conducted in a fair manner. more..

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