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Pakistan naval ships arrives in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

Oct 1 (AM) Pakistan Naval Ships PNS NASR and SAIF will be arriving today at Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit. This port call is part of the strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between the defence establishments of both countries. Commodore Zahid Ilyas, is the Mission Commander of the visiting Pakistan Naval Ships. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is a SWORD class F22P Frigates of Chinese origin. more..

Secure release of Indian fishermen in Lanka: TN CM to Centre

Oct 1 (PTI) Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has urged the central govt to take concrete steps to secure the release of 20 fishermen and 75 fishing boats from Sri Lanka's custody. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday, text of which was released to the media here Wednesday, Panneerselvam cited the arrest of 20 Indian fishermen and the their boats by Sri Lankan Navy Sep 27 and 29. more..

Over 140 oral statements recorded in Kili

Oct 1 (CG) The Missing Persons Commission, which conducted fresh round of sittings in the Kilinochchi District over a four day period ending yesterday, recorded oral statements from 149 people. Commission spokesman H. W. Gunadasa said that apart from the 149 oral statements recorded during the sittings, written statements were also accepted from some people. He said that in total the more..

Nonis tight-lipped on ‘slap on face’

Oct 1 (Island) Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Chris Nonis yesterday declined to comment on strong speculation that he had resigned from his post after being assaulted by a powerful govt MP while in the US recently. Contacted over the telephone for comment on the incident which had allegedly taken place during a function in New York, Dr. Nonis replied: ‘No Comment.’ Asked if he was back in UK, more..

Northern rail track reconstruction to be completed by December -IRCON

Oct 1 (Island) The reconstruction of northern railway track up to Kankesanthurai and Thalaimannar would be completed by December, connecting the north to the South after 25 years, Indian Govt Company, IRCON International, said. IRCON Additional General Manager V.K. Jayasankar said that his company had commenced the reconstruction of rail track from Medawachchiya to Thalaimannar and from Omanthai to more..

CaFFE says powerful opposition figures are being targeted

Oct 1 (AM) There has been a series of attacks on opposition politicians with a considerable grass-root support, especially after the Uva PC election, and this can be a part of a broader govt strategy to intimidate and create a submissive opposition before a possible presidential election, CaFFE stated in a media release. CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon has said that last few days have seen two such incidents. more..

Committee on Standing Orders inactive for four years

Oct 1 (Island) Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said that he would raise the inordinate delay in convening the Committee on Standing Committee at the next party leaders’ meeting. MP Amaratunga was responding to a statement attributed to UPFA MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha in Monday’s edition of The Island. MP Wijesinha alleged that the Committee hadn’t met for four years. more..

Ratnapura Policeman’s public attack on a woman widely condemned

Oct 1 (DM) In the aftermath of the Wariyapola incident where a young woman publicly assaulted a man who is alleged to have sexually harassed her, now comes a scandalous incident where a Ratnapura policeman was videoed while brutally assaulting a woman with a wire. The shocking video went viral on the social media and was shown on television for several minutes leaving viewers horrified. more..

Sisira Uyana creates unexpected climes

Oct 1 (SL) Houses in 34 Watta in Wanathamulla were demolished recently except the four houses of the residents who filed a writ application against the demolition in the court of Appeal. According to the govt, these people have been offered flats in the adjoining new high rise ‘Sisira Uyana’ Complex. Many residents initially resisted taking govt’s offer but were later submissive to orders given by govt authorities. more..

National survey on beggars planned

Oct 1 (ST) A national survey of beggars is being planned as mendicants remain on the streets despite receiving govt financial assistance and help through welfare centres. The city’s beggars disappear when international conferences are hosted in Colombo or on the arrival of heads of state or VVIPs but afterwards the familiar figures reappear, hands outstretched at traffic lights and outside shopping centres. more..

Children’s rights, equity and our common future

Oct 1 (DM) Throughout history, the advance of civilization has been closely tied to the idea that all people have rights -- universal, inalienable entitlements to freedom, dignity and security; to be treated fairly and to live free from oppression. The health and soul of all societies depend on how these human rights are recognized and acted upon. But until the Convention on the Rights of the Child was conceived and adopted 25 years ago, the rights of the world’s youngest citizens were more..

What’s wrong in Int’l Schools teaching history and religion in English?

Oct 1 (DM) Some big-wigs in the Govt had lately lamented that international schools in Sri Lanka did not teach History and Religion. Ironically, at the same time Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene had said that teaching History in the English medium in international schools had been stopped since 2009. He said this was being done in line with Govt policy that history and religion should be taught to every child in his or her mother tongue -- Sinhala or Tamil. more..

Video: Sison seeks support for reconciliation

Oct 1 (CG) The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J Sison says while Sri Lanka suffered from three decades of terrorism, the country now has a chance to reconcile, five years after the end of the war. Sison, who visited Kandy and met Buddhist religious leaders in the area, including the Chief Prelates, said that religious leaders of all faiths, and friends of Sri Lanka, have a role to play in supporting reconciliation. more..

Tamil, Sinhala villagers beg for protection

Oct 1 (CT) Hundreds of Sinhalese and Tamil villagers from Seruvila, in the Trincomalee District, held a demonstration requesting the authorities to take immediate steps to control the wild elephants from entering their lands. Seruvila PS Chairman Nandana Jeyasinghe led the demonstration demanding that govt take steps to construct electric fences along the borders of the villages, preventing wild elephants entering. Sinhalese and Tamils from the villages Lingapuram, Somapura and more..

Sri Lanka only country in Asia with round the clock power supply - Basil

Oct 1 (DN) Sri Lanka is the only country in Asia which provides round the clock electricity, Minister Basil Rajapaksa said. He said the govt which functions in keeping with the President’s concept to provide ‘electricity to all’ has endeavoured to provide electricity to every cirtizen. The minister said the govt led by the President has acted assiduously to provide round the clock electricity to the country’s population. Minister participating in a program under the theme Divinegumata Kolamba Diriya at more..

Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

Oct 1 (Reuters) A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists. Ashin Wirathu, who once called himself "the Burmese bin Laden" said the agreement with BBS, was the first step in a broad alliance against conversions by Islamists in the region. more..

'Sobhitha Thera! Common Candidate: DUNF

Oct 1 (CT) Democratic United National Front (DUNF) has stated that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera should be the common opposition candidate at the coming presidential election as Sri Lankans have no faith in UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Meanwhile, representatives of political parties had unanimously agreed that a private member's motion should be presented to Parliament seeking the abolition of the Executive Presidency. This meeting was held under the leadership of more..

Restrictions on land alienation to foreigners

Oct 1 (DM) President Rajapaksa instructed the Cabinet to enact the proposed bill restricting land alienation to foreigners as soon as possible, informed sources said. Govt will present this Bill titled, ‘Land (Restrictions on Alienation)’ to Parliament and if enacted it will restrict the alienation of lands in Sri Lanka to foreigners, foreign companies and institutions with foreign shareholding. The Bill was placed on the Order Paper to be debated and passed into law more..

Video: Turned Back to Torture?

Oct 1 (SBS) Some reported being abducted, tortured, raped and abused by the Sri Lankan security forces on their return in a special Dateline investigation by Go Back To Where You Came From presenter Dr David Corlett. But on last night's Dateline, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe described the report as doctored, orchestrated and biased. Dr Corlett travelled undercover in SL to hear more..

India has arrested 12 Lankan fishermen

Oct 1 (CG) Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Vaibhav, detained two Sri Lankan fishing boats off the coast of Kanyakumari yesterday for reportedly entering the Indian waters without proper permission. Sri Lankan fishing boats were detained with 12 fishermen. The detained craft and the fishermen are likely to be brought ashore today. The indigenously designed and built Vaibhav with 10 officers and 84 men is being extensively used in the eastern region, more..

Expect wet weather till end November

Oct 1 (Island) The inter-monsoon that began this week with heavy thunderstorms and high winds in many parts of the country was expected to prevail till the end of November, Meteorology Department said. Showers accompanied by lightning and strong winds might prevail during the afternoons and evenings across the country. Evening thundershowers and strong winds were quite common during the inter-monsoon period, Met Department Duty Meteorologist Nadee Rupasinghe said. more..

Sri Lanka rejects allegations on returnees

Oct 1 (CG) Sri Lankan Govt has dismissed as ‘baseless’ the findings of an investigation by the Australian media into the alleged mistreatment of failed asylum seekers sent back to the country by Australia. In a report by SBS some people claimed they were abducted, tortured, raped and abused by the Sri Lankan security forces on their return. However SL High Commissioner to Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe described more..

Video: Go eat Kochchi, Nandimitra tells UNP

Oct 1 (DM) Deputy Minister Nandimitra Ekanayake said that the Opposition must eat pungent Kochchi chilies to overcome the sorrow of their debacle at the Uva PC elections. “The politicians of the Opposition ate chilies to gain cheap political mileage. However, the UNP led opposition has nowhere to turn to. I challenged them to eat Kochchi chillies if possible. “The defeated have no alternative but to eat Kochchi chillies. The elephant symbol and the faces of the UNP have changed. more..

2 friends shot & injured by unknown gunmen

Oct 1 (Island) Two friends living in Dehiwala and Mount Llavinia were hospitalised last night after being shot by two unidentified men near a shop in Dehiwala on Monday night. The assailants had come on a motorcycle in heavy rain. Police media unit told The Island that the incident had taken place around 11.00 p.m. near a shop on the Pokuna Road, Dehiwala, when the victims, Dinesh Sanjaya Fernando and Mohammed Riaz, left the former’s house for a walk. more..

'Politicians should live up to people’s expectations'

Oct 1 (DN) People’s representatives should forget their rat race for preferential votes and buckle down to hard work by dedicating themselves to the service of the people, President Rajapaksa said. President who said that he was totally unconcerned about the number of preferential votes polled by candidates in the selection for high posts, said the sole criterion for selecting candidates for posts is their good conduct and sacrifices more..

'Complaints related to private buses via SMS from today'

Oct 1 (DM) The Private Transport Services Ministry said that it would launch a programme effective from today for commuters to make private bus-related complaints via SMS through the hotline 071 655 0000. “The complaints will be sent to the Ministry via e-mail and therefore the Ministry will have the access to the complaint instantly. People can also use Skype address ‘privatetransportservices’ to lodge their complaints,” Private Transport Services Minister C.B. Ratnayake said. more..

8 banks and non-bank financial institution wrap up consolidation plans

Oct 1 (LBO) Sri Lanka's regulator driven consolidation is on track with eight banks and non-bank lenders given approval for mergers and recapitalization during September 2014, the Central Bank said. Another eight banks and non-bank lenders have completed internal processes to allow them to submit the plans, the regulator said. A total of 37 proposals have been approved. At the same time, consolidation plans of another 4 banks and 4 NBFIs are also being finalized, more..

Union Bank to commence Primary Dealer operations

Oct 1 (Island) Union Bank of Colombo (UBC) announced that the Bank has been appointed as a Primary Dealer in Government Securities by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. UBC will commence its business as a Primary Dealer on 01 October, 2014. As a Primary Dealer, Union Bank will participate directly in Primary Auctions conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in order to bid for Treasury Bills, Bonds and other Govt Securities. more..

SL2College voices 2014

Oct 1 (Island) SL2College is a nonprofit organization dedicated towards providing guidance to Sri Lankan students interested in higher education. It is a volunteer driven organization consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, academics and professionals from all around the world who aim to provide unbiased advice and guidance to Sri Lankan students to pursue their higher education dreams. This year SL2College will be hosting their second annual undergraduate conference more..

Technology stealing jobs: Amunugama

Oct 1 (CT) 'In addition to material infrastructure, hidden infrastructure such as managerial skills are an important instrument in development,' Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said. "We live in a world where technology plays a crucial role and the modern world gives us the opportunity to achieve higher productivity. However, this has somehow become an issue to Sri Lanka. Many people come out from universities or schools looking for jobs, but with the advancement of technology, more..

Sri Lanka's inflation at 4.2% in Sept 2014

Oct 1 (LBO) Sri Lanka inflation continued its decelerating trend observed since June 2013 and reached 4.2% in Sept 2014 from to 4.5% in August 2014, on an annual average basis. The data is based on the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) (2006/07=100). The year-on-year (YoY) inflation remained unchanged at 3.5% in Sept 2014, as recorded in the previous month, the bank said. more..

NSF starts Intel ISEF preparation workshops

Oct 1 (Island) National Science Foundation (NSF), an organization under the Ministry of Technology & Research, has started preparing Sri Lankan students for the upcoming Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which is to be held in Pennsylvania, USA in 2015. The Science Research Project Competition, organized by the Science Popularization Division of NSF, has laid the groundwork for outstanding Sri Lankan students to participate in Intel ISEF since 2007. more..

Sri Lanka’s Swap Line with China will boost external liquidity and trade, Moody’s says

Oct 1 (ST) The start of negotiations between China and Sri Lanka on a Free Trade Agreement and Sri Lanka’s commitment to join the Maritime Silk Road, which will link China with Africa and the Middle East via South Asia, are likely to support further trade and invesment inflows, according to Moody’s Rating agency. Overall FDI into Sri Lanka has risen 55% this year versus last year to $850 million during the first half of 2014, following a 19.7% increase during the same period of 2013. more..

UNICEF commends Justice Ministry on child rights protection

Oct 1 (FT) UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka Una McCauley appreciated the efforts taken by the Ministry of Justice led by Minister Rauff Hakeem to prevent child abuse and child harassment in Sri Lanka while preserving the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF Representative Una McCauley met Minister Hakeem at his ministry with her officials on 30 Sept to brief him on the forthcoming more..

Alcoholism in Sri Lanka

Oct 1 (CT) An Opposition politician recently told a television chat show that Sri Lanka ranked second in terms of per capita liquor consumption although the govt boasts of its Mathata Thitha anti alcohol programme. I immediately realized that his statement is baseless and demanded that he disclose the source. He failed to disclose his source or substantiate his statement. You do not need to be an alcohol or health expert to realize the irrationality of the statement. more..

SLC Ex-Co member Srinath Silva dies

Oct 1 (CI) Srinath Silva, 66, died of a heart attack in his sleep on Tuesday. Silva, a right-handed opening batsman, was less than five feet in height but was one of the hardest hitters of his time. Former SL poolist, Silva played domestic cricket at the highest level for three decades from the mid-sixties. He represented Moratuwa SC, Colts, Saracens and Bloomfield. Silva was a member of the SLC Executive Committee, chairman of the SLC umpires committee and president of Catamarans SC. more..

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